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Red-Wine Poached Pears

Simple, elegant poached pears won’t add to the tire that may be growing around your waste. A sprig of mint instead of chocolate will give add make

Wine Poached Pears

These colorful pears may be stored in their liquid for several weeks, for a festive no-fat dessert.

Serves 4

4 pears, preferably […]

Steve's Sweet Potato Surprise Pie

My lifelong passion for pie, start up stores with fun food themes, and my local library miraculously converged in one recipe last month.

Like so much tasty food invented by great home cooks, this pie is really an amalgam of recipes, re-imagined with gusto by local librarian Steve Stover.  It’s a buttery crust, topped […]

Tortilla Blintzes with Summer Fruit

Using tortillas, rather than the traditional crepe wrapper, results in a crisp crust that’s lighter. It also cuts down considerably on the preparation time, making these a snap to prepare.

The unctuous filling is elevated by best fruit of the season. (Now’s the time for peaches and blueberries.) This flexible […]

Connie's Apple Coffee Cake


(Going, going, almost gone. One classic coffee cake, nutty and moist with apples.)

Last of apples!

Connie, my pal Eileen’s mom, may be gone, but her recipe is not. What better way to conjure her to join our intimate celebration than to bake her […]

Italian Spring Celebration Class

(This is a stuffed peach. We’re going to do the same thing with pears. Fabulous.)

Let’s celebrate the thaw of spring with this menu inspired by the flavors of Italy. Join me in a hands-on workshop using Italy’s signature flavors in dishes that will quickly become family favorites as the new season […]

Indian Pudding

Sweet, slow cooked and back-to-the-womb satisfying, Indian Pudding is a New England classic. This version is adapted from an old James Beard recipe, using maple syrup instead of molasses along with local milk and freshly ground local flint corn. I used dried corn kernels from my Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain CSA share, which was […]

Rich 'n Easy Black and White Truffles

Thinking of a locavore treat that you can make in the winter?

(Full and festive winter locavore meal below)

These truffles were so popular last year that I’m blogging them again. They’re extraordinary in their simplicity — fresh local cream mingles with the best […]

U-Pick Best Fruit Kuchen

What’s- Left-Of-My-Market-Shop-Kuchen I used apples, peaches and a few cherry tomatoes tossed in sugar.

Little input, great results. This quick ‘n easy crowd pleaser is ideal for those who hate to bake or are pressed for time. Serve it to holiday guests or at pot luck meals. I especially like […]

Summer Pudding with the Best of the Berries

It’s nine million degrees inside and out, and I’m awash in berries from my neighbor, Jim, who set us loose on his raspberry patch. Then there’s the black cup raspberry bush next to our bulkhead that’s laden with more berries, which I can’t leave to the birds.

So oodles of berries […]

The Best Strawberry Shortcake

After my our annual strawberry picking at Ioka Valley Farm, our favorite feast is strawberry shortcake — warm, dense biscuits topped with juicy ripe berries and fresh whipped local cream from High Lawn Farm.  I sometimes plan ahead, making biscuits before we pick, then storing them, uncooked, in the freezer on […]